Shining Tides

38 Reservation Road, Mattapoisett, MA 02739 Map · Phone number · Visit website
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About Shining Tides

Shining Tides is a historic waterfront mansion in the greater Cape Cod, Massachusetts area. This manor has the style and elegance of a traditional New England coastal abode, with a grey and white exterior and a sprawling green lawn overlooking the water. Couples can find this mansion on the Mattapoisett Harbor, approximately 15 minutes from New Bedford, Massachusetts.

Facilities and Capacity
Couples can invite up to 250 guests to their wedding celebration at Shining Tides. The festivities can begin with a breezy ceremony on the mansion’s private beach. Couples can marry with their toes in the sand or their feet planted firmly on the fresh green lawn. In the distance, the harbor’s bright blue waters are sprinkled with white watercraft. The horizon is but a faint line where the sky meets the sea. Following a couple’s “I dos,” guests can mingle on the lawn for a cocktail reception while couples use the venue and its scenic grounds for wedding portraits as the sun sets. Receptions can take place on the newly expanded porch of this coastal manor house. Here, they can dine and dance under the stars.

Services Offered
This venue may be used for wedding celebrations of all varieties, from ceremonies and receptions to bridal showers, engagement parties, and rehearsal dinners. Helpful staff will assist couples with their event planning in the months and weeks leading up to the day of the wedding. This waterfront location also provides chairs, tables, and other event rentals for the couple’s big day. Guests can delight in onsite parking for the wedding, making traveling to this destination more convenient.

History
This house was built by the Charles A. King family of Boston in 1887 whence they purchased this land near the mouth of the Mattapoisett River. At that time, the facility was fondly referred to as “The Reservation.” After World War II the house became a popular summer inn and eventually earned the name Shining Tides. It was purchased by the leadership of the YMCA in 1963 along with 25 adjoining acres on the Mattapoisett Harbor. After going through a period of use as a summer camp, the property was renovated for year-round use and now serves as a preschool and after-school camp when it’s not hosting weddings and other glamorous events.

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17 Reviews for Shining Tides

Recommended by 97% of couples


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  • Quality of service 4.9
  • Professionalism 4.9
  • Flexibility 4.9
  • Value 4.9
  • Average response time 4.8

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    Dana · Married on 06/15/2018

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    The moment we visited Shining Tides for the first time we knew it was the place we would get married. We fell in love with the seaside charm of Mattapoisett, the rustic feel of the porch reception area, and that this was a place, as a YMCA Camp, that supported the community! Elizabeth was fantastic to work with! She was always quick to respond to even the smallest question. She helped us coordinate everything and made sure everything looked beautiful and ran smoothly the day of. Having a point person like Elizabeth was priceless and helped relieve many of the stresses of planning a wedding! Also...sunset photos...yes, please!

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    Nora · Married on 07/29/2017

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    My husband and I had both our ceremony and reception at Shining Tides this past July . I always dreamed of a Cape Cod wedding so when we got engaged, that’s where we started our search! After looking at plenty of venues actually ON the Cape, we didn’t really feel drawn to any of them. They were all super expensive and felt like impersonal “wedding factories”. We decided to expand our search and made an appointment to visit Shining Tides-- thank goodness we did! This place is special and we fell in love with it almost immediately. It had everything we were looking for- quaint New England character, beautiful views, reasonable prices, outdoor/indoor ceremony and reception space, casual but elegant ambiance, as well as a meaningful purpose outside of weddings (it’s also a YMCA preschool and summer camp). When we met with Elizabeth, the wedding coordinator for Shining Tides, she made us feel so comfortable and excited to plan our wedding at Shining Tides. From the get go, she was easy to work with and extremely helpful throughout the entire planning process. She answered all of our questions promptly and went out of her way to recommend local businesses for a variety of things we needed during our wedding weekend in Mattapoisett. When the weather forecast for our wedding day was less than ideal, Elizabeth didn’t bat an eye. She did everything should could to keep our wedding vision in-tact and it all turned out beautifully (even with very gusty winds and sub 70 degree weather in late July!). We have received SO many rave reviews from our guests about this venue- from the water views, to the lawn, to the covered porch and deck, to the delicious food (Russell Morin was fantastic to work with!)- you can’t find a better place to get married if you’re looking for a quintessential New England feel. We had the wedding of our dreams and cannot recommend this venue, and Elizabeth, highly enough.

    Sent on 08/25/2017

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Shining Tides FAQ

  • Do you have a site fee for wedding receptions at your venue? Yes
  • What is the starting site fee for wedding receptions during peak season? $ 5,000.00
  • What is the starting site fee for wedding receptions during off-peak season? $ 4,000.00
  • Do you have a site fee for wedding ceremonies at your venue? No
  • Which of the following are included in starting site fee? Bridal Suite, Clean Up, Event Planning, Parking, Set Up
  • Which of the following are included in the cost of wedding catering? Cake Cutting, Server(s), Wedding Cake
  • Describe your venue: Beach, Historic Building, Waterfront
  • What kind of settings are available? Covered Outdoor, Uncovered Outdoor, Scenic Views
  • Which of the following wedding events does your venue service? Ceremony, Reception, Bridal Shower, Engagement Party, Rehearsal Dinner
  • What event services do you offer? Bar Services, Cake, Catering Services, Clean Up, Event Planner, Event Rentals, Lighting / Sound, Outside Vendors, Pet Friendly, Set Up
  • What catering services do you offer? Buffet, Cocktail Reception, Dessert, Family Style, Hors d'oeuvres, Outside Cake, Plated, Server(s), Stations, Tastings
  • What bar services do you provide? Bartender(s), Cash Bar, Champagne Toast, House Beer, House Liquor, House Wine, Limited Bar, Liquor License, Open Bar, Outside Alcohol, Premium Liquor, Signature Drink, Specialty Beer, Specialty Wine
  • What event items are available? Chairs, Dance Floor, Tables
  • What food and beverage items are available? Barware, China, Flatware, Glassware, Linens
  • What transportation and access is available? Parking, Wheelchair Access
  • What months are included in your peak season? May, June, July, August, September
  • What months are included in your off-peak season? May, October

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  • 38 Reservation Road, PO Box 1067 Mattapoisett, MA, 02739 See on map
    508-593-4389 (Phone number)

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